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Cannacurio #61: Privately Held MSOs – Who Are They & Where Can You Find Them?

Cannacurio #61: Privately Held MSOs – Who Are They & Where Can You Find Them?

Our research team is constantly scrutinizing licenses and the companies that own them. While many of the cannacurious industry watchers focus on the publicly held companies; there is a whole other tier of private companies that have been quietly acquiring licenses across state lines. We think this is where the cannaserious observers are spending their time. These companies are harder to track due to the lack of public filings, but the license information can tell an interesting story.

Cannacurio #60: Midyear Cultivation Leaderboards

Cannacurio #60: Midyear Cultivation Leaderboards

Periodically, we review new licenses added and total license counts by state. These census snapshots, derived from our Cannabiz Business Intelligence platform, show where new licenses are being created and where the balance of power is from market to market. Our customers use this information for go-to-market strategies as it may inform their sales territories, trade show planning, and marketing spend. Here is the key data about numbers of cultivation licenses added by month and state in 2022 to date, top five states that added new cultivation licenses, and more.

Cannacurio #59: Dispensary & Retailer Leaderboard June 2022

Cannacurio #59: Dispensary & Retailer Leaderboard June 2022

Periodically, this blog checks in on new license counts throughout the value chain. For this post, we will evaluate what has been happening with dispensaries and retailers. According to the Cannabiz Media License Database, states have added 1,066 licenses in the first five months of 2022. Four states have issued 100 or more licenses with Oklahoma in the lead.

Cannacurio #58: Who are the Go-To Advisors for Cannabis M&A?

Cannacurio #58: Who are the Go-To Advisors for Cannabis M&A?

In 2020, Cannabiz Media started researching cannabis mergers and acquisitions as a byproduct of license tracking. M&A is a key transaction because licenses change ownership in these deals. Recently, we wrote about which MSO’s led in buying versus building cannabis stores. For this post, we want to share what we found about who advised them. This data was obtained from our Cannabiz Intelligence™ Advisor Leaderboard.

Cannacurio #57:  Do Public MSOs Build or Buy Their Cannabis Stores?

Cannacurio #57: Do Public MSOs Build or Buy Their Cannabis Stores?

Cannabiz Media has been tracking cannabis and hemp licenses globally since 2015. Over those seven years, we have aggregated a mass of data on licenses, companies, and transactions that result in change of license ownership. After compiling 500 transactions in our Cannabiz Intelligence™ platform, we wanted to take a closer look at how key publicly traded MSOs were adding to their store footprints. Our goal was to determine which stores were “built” versus those that were “bought”.

Cannacurio #56: New Jersey’s 68 Conditional Licenses

Cannacurio #56: New Jersey’s 68 Conditional Licenses

On Thursday March 24th, the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission Board recommended approval on 68 applications for conditional licenses. This cohort includes 50 Class 1 Cultivator applications and 18 Class 2 Manufacturer applications.

Cannacurio #55: Manufacturing Licenses

Cannacurio #55: Manufacturing Licenses

Cannabis manufacturing licenses are issued at a slower pace than cultivation or retail licenses. However, they serve as important assets for companies because the products are often powerful brands. These brands, unlike license assets, can cross state lines and will undoubtedly help well established companies thrive and build market share.

Cannacurio #54: Cultivation License Leaderboard

Cannacurio #54: Cultivation License Leaderboard

Since Oklahoma started issuing cannabis cultivation licenses, the leaderboard has always been dominated by either Oklahoma or California. They are the only states with a double digit percentage of licenses. Here's what the leaderboard looks like across the U.S. today.

Cannacurio #53: Hemp License Trends in 2021

Cannacurio #53: Hemp License Trends in 2021

Cannabiz Media tracks every cannabis and hemp license that we can find. What’s been unique about hemp is how different states build out their licensing schemes. Trends to keep an eye on in 2022 include licensing at the retail hemp level as well as the growing role and influence of the Department of Agriculture.

Cannacurio #52: Dispensary & Retailer Leaderboard 2021 Wrap-up

Cannacurio #52: Dispensary & Retailer Leaderboard 2021 Wrap-up

Dispensaries and retailers have continued to come throughout 2021. 1,846 licenses were issued through August 2021, and the year ended with 2,602 licenses. Seven states issued a hundred or more licenses with Oklahoma keeping the crown for issuing the most dispensary licenses.

Cannacurio #51 - Who Applied for Ohio’s New Dispensary Licenses?

Cannacurio #51 - Who Applied for Ohio’s New Dispensary Licenses?

At the very end of 2021, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy received 1,462 applications for 73 dispensary licenses. The winners will be chosen by lottery in January 2022. Ohio is a limited license state and currently has 61 dispensaries around the state, so the addition of these news stores is significant and will assuredly be welcomed by the 231,165 registered patients in the state.

Cannacurio #50 - Is Cannabis Having Its Romaine Lettuce Moment?

Cannacurio #50 - Is Cannabis Having Its Romaine Lettuce Moment?

At Cannabiz Media we have a unique view as to what is happening at the state level and across state lines. One trend we have spotted in the last quarter is the increase in product recalls, often tied to testing results.

Cannacurio #49 - New Jersey Licensing and Legalization Breakdown

Cannacurio #49 - New Jersey Licensing and Legalization Breakdown

As part of the 2020 election, New Jersey voters approved a constitutional amendment to legalize cannabis. Question 1’s passage was expected, and the short constitutional change left many details for the legislature to sort out. Nearly a year later, the legislature has made progress and regulators have issued final rules to expand the medical industry into an adult use one.

Cannacurio #48: Dispensary & Retailer Leaderboard September 2021

Cannacurio #48: Dispensary & Retailer Leaderboard September 2021

Dispensaries and retailers have continued to come online this year. We count 1,846 licenses issued through the end of August. Six states issued 100 or more licenses.

Cannacurio #47 – Software Stack Summer 2021

Cannacurio #47 – Software Stack Summer 2021

The number of companies in the cannabis software stack continued to grow during Covid. Learn the key findings and see which brands are big and where in the new Cannabis Software Stack Summer 2021 report.

Georgia Announces Winners of 6 Medical Marijuana Licenses

Georgia Announces Winners of 6 Medical Marijuana Licenses

Georgia finally announces the six winners of these vertically integrated licenses. Only two Multi-State Operators (MSOs) won while key companies lost out entirely. Lawsuits are expected to be filed.

Cannacurio #45: Manufacturing Licenses January - May 2021

Cannacurio #45: Manufacturing Licenses January - May 2021

Cannabis manufacturing licenses are important assets for companies because the products are often powerful brands. These brands, unlike license assets, can cross state lines and will undoubtedly help well-established companies thrive and build market share.

Cannacurio #44: Cultivation License Leaderboard January – May 2021

Cannacurio #44: Cultivation License Leaderboard January – May 2021

During the first five months of 2021, here's where the new cultivation licenses have been issued, what it means for the total number of licenses, and what might it translate into in terms of expanded canopy size.

Cannacurio #43: Where Will the Next Cannabis Licenses Be Issued?

Cannacurio #43: Where Will the Next Cannabis Licenses Be Issued?

While many focus on the big license producing states like California, Oklahoma, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon where over 83% of the nation’s licenses are issued, we miss out on other states that are quietly issuing licenses or are evaluating their programs. 

Cannacurio #42: Dispensary & Retailer Leaderboard February 2021

Cannacurio #42: Dispensary & Retailer Leaderboard February 2021

So far this year, 14 states have added a total of 276 new cannabis dispensaries/retailers. The largest contributor was not California nor Oklahoma - it was Arizona. Read on for more details.